I was so caught up in the whole think I forgot to post over here..
Thanks for enjoying it!California "Zephyr" Dreamin'
I really like these cars; they are fantastic. Considering these guys are around $145 a car, wow, simply wow. I am still in love with brass especially the Key CZ coming this year! I just can't afford the whole train.
Budd Standard Dome Coach (California Zephyr)
Detail shots show a decent amount of under-body detail on par with most brass imports. There are some pretty glaring errors in the diaphragm area but overall the model is pretty correct.
The Lighting system is ingenious, track power or AAA battery power. Installation is fairly straightforward using a small Phillips screw-driver.
Lit the cars look very good, serious detailing is needed to complete the interiors.
Compared to a nickle plated brass imports the finish is bluish and does not match well. By itself the cars look beautiful and posses enough of the right color to look like stainless steel.
BUDD STANDARD DOME
The 1:1 Prototype
Compared to the Midland Reproductions dome the car is very faithful in reproducing the complex structure of the ends. Compared to the Midland Reproductions dome the car is very faithful in reproducing the complex structure of the ends. The dome side windows are a little small or the framing is a too thick. This is the only area of the model that really shows its HO scale BLI heritage in the tooling other than the heavy stirrups.
Just like the prototype, I recreated the Exposition Flyer's consist during 1947-1948 adding cars to the consist as they were delivered from Budd.
In conclusion I think the cars are a profound move forward in the industry. O scale needs this kind of product. Ready to run O scale passenger cars will never be the same again. Atlas expects to offer the remaining cars in the coming year for a complete typical 1947-1960 consist.
Conductors Office/Window Coach
48 Seat Diner
14 Section Sleeper
Perhaps in time they will offer the modified 14 Sec. Sleeper as a coach and the Slumbercoach cars.